UK: Trelleborg Reveals Importance of Testing for Berthing and Docking Materials
An exclusive market report by Trelleborg Marine Systems has revealed that the vast majority (90%) of the port owners, operators and contractors surveyed believe that both laboratory and full scale testing are important requirements in the manufacture of docking and mooring products.
Despite these encouraging results, it appears that the good intentions of those responsible for the procurement of berthing and docking products are not translating into best practice, with a quarter of respondents admitting to being concerned only with price rather than where a product comes from.
Richard Hepworth, Managing Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems said of the results: “Ports and contractors need to ensure that adequate testing has taken place to ensure that PIANC guidelines have been met, and that test certification applies to all factories, processes and products – not just one location or component of a product range.”
“PIANC certification is not regulated so you need to check all documentation carefully and ask suppliers for clarification over PIANC type approvals. Ignoring this can be costly and damaging in terms of reputational risk when products fail.”
Dredging Today Staff, March 6, 2012; Image: Trelleborg